Obama aides slam Trump over claim about past presidents, fallen soldiers

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"You can ask General Kelly".

It's entirely possible that John Kelly, in his capacity as the White House chief of staff, privately reflected with his boss about the loss of his son seven years ago.

US President Donald Trump has suggested that President Barack Obama did not call his chief of staff's family when their son was killed in Afghanistan.

Trump was asked on Monday why he had not yet commented on the deaths of four USA soldiers who were ambushed during a mission in Niger on October 4.

It's not surprising that Trump has once again chosen to tell a blatant lie about his predecessor, but it's disgusting that this president has largely been silent about the four fallen US soldiers in Niger - and when he did decide to talk about them, as he did today, he chose to make it all about himself by telling a blatant lie.

In his answer, Trump turned attention to the policies of past presidents and their contact with families of service members who have died. "President Obama, I think probably did some times and maybe some times he didn't, I don't know, that's what I was told".

But I do know the memory of 1st Lt. Robert Michael Kelly doesn't deserve to be treated as a partisan prop by a draft-dodging amateur whose profound insecurities overrides any sense of moral judgment he has left.

Delila O'Malley, whose Twitter bio says she is a "lifelong Republican" but opposed to Mr Trump, called the president a "fat f***ing liar".

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"And a lot of presidents don't, they write letters.I do a combination of both". Every time you think you can't go lower, I want to cry.

However, there is plenty of evidence that Obama met with families of fallen soldiers.

"I don't know if he did", he said of Mr Obama.

"President Obama engaged families of the fallen and wounded warriors throughout his presidency through calls, letters, visits to Section 60 at Arlington, visits to Walter Reed, visits to Dover, and regular meetings with Gold Star Families at the White House and across the country". They've been sent, or they're going out tonight", he said, adding later: "I'm going to be calling them. "But what saddened us is that Bush never wrote us a letter personally", he said.

Challenged on that point during a news conference, Trump said he had been told that Obama rarely made such calls.

Obama hosted a breakfast for "Gold Star" families - those who had lost a family member who was in uniform - on May 30, 2011, according to the White House public schedule for that day.

The record is plain that presidents reached out to families of the dead and to the wounded, often with their presence as well as by letter and phone.

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said later that Trump "wasn't criticizing predecessors, but stating a fact".